You could say that a miraculous recovery has occurred in a hospital in Mobile, Alabama. A 13-year-old boy had been comatose and brain dead for days and doctors informed his parents that it would be better to say goodbye.
The terrible news left the parents of Trenton McKinley heartbroken and devasted.
However, Trenton never stopped fighting.
One day before he was supposed to be taken off life support, the young man regained consciousness. His parents say that he ‘came back to life’ after they signed the necessary papers to donate his organs.
Trenton suffered a horrible brain trauma after he was involved in a crash with a dune buggy. The 13-year-old was sitting in a utility trailer that was being pulled by a small dune buggy, but his friend at the wheel of the buggy suddenly stepped on the brakes harshly.
It caused the trailer at the back to flip completely. Trenton managed to get a four-year-old family member of his friend to safety, but in doing so, he sacrificed himself and was injured by the flipped trailer.
“I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don’t remember anything,” Trenton said to Fox 10 News.
The teen’s skull was fractured in seven different places.
He was immediately sent over for emergency surgery at the USA Medical Center, but the preliminary diagnosis was anything but positive. In fact, he was completely lifeless for a quarter of an hour and any brain damage seemed permanent.
“All I saw was a stretcher with his feet hanging out. He was dead a total of 15 minutes,” mom Jennifer Reindl emotionally recalls. “When he came back, they said he would never be normal again. They told me the oxidation problems would be so bad to his brain, that he would be a vegetable if he even made it.”
Trenton was essentially declared braindead and all hope seemed lost.
Doctors kept him on life support for the next few days because his breathing was extremely, extremely weak. His kidneys also began to fail because of the oxygen deprivation. The excruciating moment soon came when the doctors told Trenton’s parents that it would be time to make a heartbreaking decision. The organ donation papers were signed.
“Five kids needed organs that matched him,” his mom explained. “It was unfair to keep bringing him back, because it was just damaging his organs even more.”
However, Trenton managed to ‘come back’ just in time.
A single day before he was supposed to be taken off life support, doctors noticed that his body started showing small signs of life. It was clear that there was a fighting chance that Trenton would regain full consciousness, and that’s exactly what happened.
The 13-year-old is definitely impressed by the whole situation and believes that he was in heaven while he was incapacitated and comatose.
“I was in an open field walking straight,” he said to Fox News. “There’s no other explanation but God. There’s no other way. Even doctors said it.”
Even though this could be described as a small miracle, Trenton still has a long way to go.
For example, the boy has already lost more than 50 pounds because of his condition and he now suffers from severe chronic pains. He also has seizures sometimes, but he doesn’t let all those things affect his humorous personality. Because of the skull fractures, Trenton has a dent in his head, something he often jokes about.
“I said I could turn sideways and put salsa in there and eat chips and dip out of my head. No more washing dishes for me! She [his mom] wouldn’t let me put nothing in it though. I really wanted to see if I could.”
Doctors weren’t able to attach the entire’s young man’s skull yet, as there’s still a piece that has been frozen and needs to be reattached. Trenton will still have to undergo many surgeries, but there’s finally hope again.
My Trenton is putting in the work and doing great at rehab
Posted by Jennifer Nicole Reindl on Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Trenton’s mom has launched a Facebook page where people can view updates about his condition and donate money for his medical expenses. The fundraising target of 4,000 USD was quickly smashed. In fact, more than $20,000 has already been raised by almost 500 people.
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